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MGMT 404 All Discussions

MGMT 404 Discussions

Week 1-7 All Student Posts – 930 Pages

Keflavik Paper Company| Widgets ‘R Us| Project Scope| Management at Dotcom.com | Project Schedule | Schedule Development| Risk Management| Risk Management Part II| The Problems of Multitasking| Reducing Project Duration| Project Communications| Finding the Emotional Intelligence| Project Baseline| Agile Project Control

Case Study: Keflavik Paper Company and Case Study: Widgets ‘R Us Discussions Week 1 All Student Posts – 134 Pages

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Case Study: Keflavik Paper Company – 67 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Read Case Study 3.1

The Keflavik Paper Company is a case with a problem in determining a project management process for new product development.

Answer the following questions:

  • What does this case demonstrate about the effect of poor project screening methods on a firm’s ability to manage projects effectively?
  • How would project portfolio management help to improve the situation at Keflavik?
  • If you think about it, all business problems are case studies. To effectively evaluate the situation, you must approach the problem in a methodological manner. A proven technique to do this is to do the following:
    1. list the facts;
    2. identify the issues;
    3. based on the facts of the case and your knowledge, analyze the issues of the case;
    4. prepare recommended solutions and their possible outcomes;
    5. implement the optimal solution (not always the one with the best outcome, because the cost or other things could be impractical); and
    6. monitor the implementation and outcomes.

So when you read and prepare to respond to this case, please follow the above guidelines. I don’t necessarily expect you to perform Steps 4–6, but I do expect your response to be based on the facts and your knowledge. Remember—your first impressions may not be correct!

What are the benefits and drawbacks of checklists as a method for screening project alternatives?  How hard is it today for companies?  If you do the right thing for the long run you will likely be sued by those seeking short term returns.  How much rigor is good enough?  Too much may be burdensome and cost us in other ways.  Thoughts?…

Case Study: Widgets ‘R Us – 67 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Read Case Study 2.4

The Widgets ‘R Us case study is a case with a problem of how the company is set up and how the company will handle operations with its projected growth.

Answer the following questions:

  • You have been called in as a consultant to analyze the operations at WRU. Based on the readings, what would you advise Widgets ‘R Us to do in order to sustain the competitive advantage in the widget market?
  • What structural design changes might be undertaken to improve the operations at the company?

Given your reading, consider a medium-sized company that has decided to begin using project management in a wide variety of its operations. As part of its operational shift, it is going to adopt a project management office somewhere in the organization. Make an argument for the type of PMO it should be adopting (weather station, control tower, or resource pool). What are some key decision criteria that will help it determine which model makes the most sense?  Obviously it is better if our culture and processes support this from the outset.  Does WRU’s?  Can we tell?  It is one thing to be responsible and accountable but you need the authority to do your job or the rest is just a recipe for frustration.  Have you seen situations where the accountability and authority are not aligned?…

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Project Scope and Case Study: Project Management at Dotcom.com Discussions Week 2 All Student Posts – 132 Pages

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Project Scope – 67 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

As we have seen this week, project scope creation is very different in traditional project management versus Agile project management. What advantages and disadvantages can you see with the process of scope creation in the traditional project management world? What advantages and disadvantages can you see with the process of scope creation in the Agile project management world? Share your experiences with projects that were created using either Agile or traditional project management techniques.

I am looking forward to hearing about what you learn.  Let’s be clear in the their is Agile methodology in Project Management but we use Agile in a number of areas as well.  I often talk about the Agile Mindset which applies some of the flexibility and ingenuity of Agile to how we think.  Most of us are creatures of habit and do things the way we have always done it because we have enjoyed success that way. Agile mindset give us a way to think differently for possibly greater success.

A project scope statement is used to define the end result of a project. Its purpose is to define as clearly as possible what the project will deliver to the customer. What questions should the scope statement answer?…

Case Study: Project Management at Dotcom.com – 65 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Read Case Study 5.3: Project Management at Dotcom.com. Dotcom.com is a software engineering and systems development consulting firm that needs some organizational improvements in the area of project management processes that will cut cost and potentially increase the profit margin for the company.

Answer the following questions:

  • Discuss how you would begin redesigning dotcom.com’s project management processes to minimize the problems it is experiencing with poor scope management.
  • Why do you think configuration management and project change control are difficult to perform in the middle of a complex software development project, such as those implemented at dotcom.com?
  • Share any experiences you have with project change requests.

Anytime we engage the customer it is a good thing but we have to make sure we don’t go too far. How do the company’s consulting clients contribute to the problems with expanding or changing scope? If you were to hold a meeting with a potential customer, what message would you want the customer to clearly understand?…

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Project Schedule and Agile Schedule Development Discussions Week 3 All Student Posts 127 Pages

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Project Schedule – 65 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

To develop a schedule for a project, we will use the concept of a project network, which shows work activities taken from the work breakdown structure and is organized according to the logical flow in time and relationships governing when the work will be performed. By combining this network of work activities with estimates of the time duration for performing each of the activities, we can create a schedule for the project work. What types of information can we learn about the project by reviewing the project schedule and all the information used to generate it?

“Utter failure” sounds ominous.  How often are we able to stick to the schedule in the “real” world?  In government IT, we are notorious for being way behind schedule and way above budget.  Why do you suppose that is so common in IT? Is it common in other areas?…

Agile Schedule Development – 62 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

As we have seen, traditional and Agile schedule developments are quite different. Agile project management was originally developed to do software development. Could a traditional process be successfully used to develop a new software program? Why or why not? Could an Agile methodology be used to build a strip mall in your home town? Why or why not?

What that said, what, in your opinion, do you see as the appeal of agile project management versus traditional project management?  Does it change the thought process if the complexity also includes a high degree of technical engineering?  For instance, if we have to apply engineering rigor to ensure against structural failure, does that lend itself to the agile process?…

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Risk Management and Risk Management Part II Week 4 Discussions All Student Posts – 139 Pages

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Risk Management – 69 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Assume you have just been assigned to a project risk team composed of five members. Your task, as project manager, is to develop a process for handling risks to the project. Because this is the first time your organization has formally set up a risk team for a project, it is hoped that your team will develop a process that can be used on all future projects. Your first team meeting is next Monday morning. Each team member has been asked to prepare for the meeting by developing, in as much detail as possible, an outline that describes how you believe the team should proceed in handling project risks. Each team member will hand out his or her proposed outline at the beginning of the meeting. Your outline should include, but not be limited to, the following information:

  • What methods should be used for identifying risks?
  • Who should be involved in identifying risks?
  • What should be considered when identifying risks?…

Risk Management Part II – 70 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

As the work of your risk management team (from the first discussion question) continues, the discussion of your team’s risk management plan outline moves on and considers the following questions:

  • How should the risks be prioritized?
  • Who should do the prioritization of the project risks?
  • How should project risks be monitored and controlled?
  • Who should develop risk responses and contingency plans?
  • Who should own these responses and plans?…

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Case Study: The Problems of Multitasking and Reducing Project Duration Discussions Week 5 All Student Posts – 139 Pages

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Case Study: The Problems of Multitasking – 71 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Read Case Study 12.1: The Problems of Multitasking. Answer the following questions:

  1. How does multitasking confuse the resource availability of project team personnel?
  2. In modern organizations, it is impossible to eliminate multitasking for the average employee. Why?
  3. How would resource loading or resource leveling help address multitasking situations?…

Reducing Project Duration – 68 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

In your own words, describe crashing, fast tracking, and scope reduction as means of schedule compression. When would each be appropriate? Which methods would you consider better first-choice methods by most project sponsors? Would any of these methods apply to Agile projects? How does Agile address schedule compression?

Let’s take a couple of scenarios.  We are going to talk about the PM’s contingency budget tonight.  That is the excess (10-15%) the PM has planned as a “fudge factor.”  I probably look at things differently if I have one month left in a 4 month project versus being 1 year into a 6 year project.  There are a lot more unknowns if I have another 5 years to go.  The question then becomes “Do I want to spend my reserve now or later?”…

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Project Communications and Case Study: Finding the Emotional Intelligence Discussions Week 6 All Student Posts – 133 Pages

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Project Communications – 69 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Discuss the importance of communication and information exchange to project success. What are the crucial features and elements of effective communication and information exchange in successful projects? How are key stakeholders involved in this process? Are communication requirements different on an Agile project versus a traditional project?

But miraculously enough, people do succeed despite not being able to communicate well. I always wonder how much further could they go if the COULD communicate well?

Some think that the old forms of communication will become obsolete.  What do you think?  Some in class have a significant other.  Could you maintain that relationship via just some electronic means?  Why not?  The fact is that human receive or assimilate communications in a  variety of ways.  In education (or pedagogy) we know that the average human must be exposed to a topic or item for at least 6 times before it becomes embedded knowledge.  That tells me we need to him them with a variety of methods and modes of communication.  Doesn’t that support the post above that mentions a variety of communication methods?  With humans, one size does NOT fit all…

Case Study: Finding the Emotional Intelligence – 64 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

Read Case Study 4.2: Finding the Emotional Intelligence.

  1. What are the differences between leaders and managers?
  2. Can anyone be a leader? Which would you prefer to work for: a leader or a manager? Why?
  3. Select one of the characteristics of an effective project manager and tell why it is important.
  4. Is leadership of a project different in an Agile environment than in a traditional project environment?
  5. Take the Future Time Perspective scale on page 129. Share your results and comments with the class.

Let’s start with this: If you were a project leader for an agile project, what one area of leadership would you focus on and why? Is it easier to do with the way most agile teams are laid out in close proximity?…

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Project Baseline and Agile Project Control Week 7 Discussions All Student Posts – 126 Pages

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Project Baseline – 66 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

We have now moved from the planning stage to the execution stage of project management. Following good project management practices, we have set a baseline. How is a project baseline used to guide the execution of the project’s work, to evaluate progress and performance, and to control the project? Also, as you continue to think about monitoring and controlling the project, specifically consider the question: How can the project baseline and the earned value approach for variance analysis be used to monitor and report project progress?

What are some of the issues associated with the use of earned value as a means of project control?  If everything is going haywire, do we revisit the baseline?  Can we ever change it the baseline (or any component)?  If so, how?…

Agile Project Control – 60 Pages

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You must use VoiceThread to create your first post for each Discussion Topic. (Text for subsequent posts is fine.) You must review and comment on at least 2 other VoiceThreads from other students during the week.

In the first discussion, we looked at traditional project control. Is project control different in an Agile project? What is the role of a project manager in controlling an Agile project? What is the role of the project client, sponsor, or customer at controlling project changes?

Should the customer be directly involved in project control, or in project changes in an agile project? How about a traditional project?  The customer’s input is certainly essential but we need to make sure that we leave the execution to the professionals.  How do you think we can do that without offending a customer?  How do you as the project manager ensure that the voice of the customer is incorporated into an agile project?…

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